APPENDIX 1ADM 1/117259 2 September 1945The following remarks are forwarded by Plans Division in accordance
with your T S D 4821/45 dated 21 August.
The Influence of the Atomic
Bomb on War
|2. ||The first obvious fact is that it is not possible properly to consider
the effects of atomic energy on war without the necessary scientific data, since the whole matter seems largely to hinge upon the
'The introduction of atomic explosives open up an era of destruction on a
scale never before considered feasible, or is it merely an intensive development of the existing concept of war, which science may render controllable
by local defence and counter-action'.
|3. ||Before any conclusions can be reached, we shall require answers
to the following questions:--|
|a. ||What are the limits of its destructive power?|
|b. ||Will it be possible to control production of the bomb, or will
any country be able to make it, possibly in secrecy?|
|c. ||Is there any potential counter measure other than counterbombing?|
|d. ||What production effort is necessary, expressed in terms of
labour and ground space, as compared with existing methods such as the 'block-busting' bombs?|
|e. ||Will the atomic bomb remain a weapon which can only be
produced in relatively small quantities and in consequence
its use reserved for a few vital targets; or will it ultimately be
capable of being produced in large numbers and employed
in the majority of weapons, such as anti-aircraft weapons, sea
and land artillery, ships' rockets, etc.|
|4. ||Until the Anderson Committee presents its report there is, therefore, a danger of reaching tentative conclusions based on false
|5. ||The following thoughts, however, follow from assumptions that:--|
Questia, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning. www.questia.com
Book title: Ambiguity and Deterrence:British Nuclear Strategy, 1945-1964.
Contributors: John Baylis - Author.
Publisher: Oxford University.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 1995.
Page number: 390.
This material is protected by copyright and, with the exception of fair use, may
not be further copied, distributed or transmitted in any form or by any means.